Mourinho explains why Kane left on bench for Everton clash


ose Mourinho has revealed the decision not to start Harry Kane in Wednesday’s FA Cup clash against Everton followed a conversation with the striker, who did not feel ready to play twice in three days.

Kane was named on the bench for Tottenham’s fifth-round tie at Goodison Park after returning from ankle injuries ahead of schedule in Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Brom.

The England captain scored and played 90 minutes against the Baggies having missed the previous two matches after being forced off at half-time of the defeat to Liverpool.

Mourinho told BT Sport: “He is the kind of player that you want to play every minute of every match. So for him to be on the bench is because of our conversation. He is an experienced guy, he knows his body better than anyone.

“He wanted to be involved because he knows that we have to try everything to get to the quarter-finals. But not well enough to start a second game in a couple of days.”

Spurs’ one other change from Sunday’s victory was also enforced, with Matt Doherty replacing Serge Aurier at right-back after the Ivorian was forced off with a suspected calf problem against the Baggies.

Dele Alli returned to the Spurs squad after a calf injury and could feature for the first time since the third-round win over eighth-tier Marine on January 10 but there was no place on the bench for Gareth Bale.

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